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2020 Cadillac XT5 gets 40 upgrades for the new model year

Cadillac has refreshed the XT5 for the 2020 model year.

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The best-selling SUV in Cadillac's lineup is getting 40 updates for the 2020 model year. Cadillac says that the improvements on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 give customers a greater ability to, "match the luxury crossover to their personality."

Cadillac is adding a Sport trim level, which is slotted between the base Luxury and midgrade Premium Luxury trims. The XT5 Sport has sharper driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and a bolder, darker appearance. XT5 Premium Luxury models are defined by bright trim, contemporary décor, and a comfort-tuned driving experience.

A twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard and gets 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is freshly paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine achieves 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV has revised front struts and given the SUV driveline enhancements.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport front grille lights wheels

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Cadillac has added a Sport trim to the XT5 lineup for the 2020 model year.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury front face

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Cadillac is adding the XT5 Premium Luxury model to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Cadillac has added standard LED headlmaps with IntelliBeam on all models. The SUV's front and rear fascia have also been updated. A new 18-inch wheel is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury models while a 20-inch wheel is available. Sport trim models have standard 20-inch wheels.

The car's cabin now comes with a host of options including a wider variety of colors and materials for seating, a new center console design, standard heated front seats, and the available Bose Performance Series sound system.

The XT5 has been enhanced to include over 20 available safety and driver assistance technologies including a rotary controller, Near Field Communications technology, 15-watt wireless charging, revised USB ports, an HD instrument cluster, a high-definition rearview camera, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Night Vision.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

The company will sell the 2020 XT5 with an available Platinum package, which Cadillac is billing as, "the pinnacle of technology and most sophisticated interior in the lineup." The package is available on all trim levels.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 is now available on dealership lots nationwide.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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